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Giants @ Marlins, 5/28

Samardzija (2-3, 5.12 FIP) vs. Trevor Richards (1-5, 5.08 FIP)

Colorado Rockies v Miami Marlins Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The roof is open for game one of this three-game series between the worst team in the National League and the second-to-worst team in the National League. If the Marlins sweep the Giants, they’ll still be one game behind them in the win column. If the Giants sweep (lol), they’ll still be in last place in the NL West and just 24-31.

Miami is 7-3 in their last 10 games, the Giants are 3-7, including a nifty five-game losing streak, that’s not nifty at all, but I didn’t want to dwell on the suck too much. Here’s the lineup for the Marlins:

LF — Curtis Granderson
RF — Garrett Cooper
3B — Brian Anderson
1B — Neil Walker
2B — Starlin Castro
CF — Harold Ramirez
C — Jorge Alfaro
SS — Miguel Rojas
SP — Trevor Richards

That’s not the grandson of Curtis Granderson in left field — that’s the actual Curtis Granderson starting tonight and leading off for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. For all the talk of players older than 30 years old not having any worth as human beings in the eyes of front office executives, Hunter Pence and Curtis Granderson have shown that baseball skills can be sustained into the late thirties.

Granderson’s .664 OPS in 155 plate appearances is ... wait. Not good. That’s actually bad. That proves the front offices’ collective point. The 38-year old Granderson should’ve jumped into a volcano seven years ago. But wait — that .664 OPS translates to an 84 OPS+, which is just below Buster Posey and Joe Panik’s 85. 14 of Granderson’s 25 hits have been extra base hits (eight doubles, six home runs). In his last seven games, he’s hitting .227/.346/.545 (.892 OPS) with two home runs, a double, four walks, and five strikeouts.

Watch out, Shark!

Oh, and, uh, here’s the Giants lineup:

2B — Joe Panik
LF — Mike Yastrzemski
C — Buster Posey
1B — Brandon Belt
3B — Evan Longoria
RF — Kevin Pillar
SS — Brandon Crawford
CF — Steven Duggar
SP — Jeff Samardzija

Trevor Richards is a fastball-changeup combo guy who gets a lot of groundballs.